TV Guide 2020-12-12

We have a new show! Chef v Corner Shop (C4, weekdays) challenges a chef to find a cheap meal in a corner shop. With the calendar resolutely showing "December", it's the season for Strongest Man (C5, Mon) and I'm a Celebrity A Castle Story (ITV and VM1, Sun).

It's also the season for festive specials. Gigglequiz, Hey Tracey, and There's Something About Movies all have theirs on Wed, A League of Their Own, Celebrity Juice on Thu.

And it's finals week: Masterchef The Professionals, Taskmaster, Countdown, and Portrait Artist of the Year all announce their winners.

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Schedules are accurate at the time of publication; check against EPG for late changes.


Saturday 12 December

  • Runaround (Talking Pictures, 9am) Grand prix motorbikes.
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC2, 1.15; not Wales).


  • Celebrity Supermarket Sweep (ITV, 5pm) Andrea McLean and Nadia Sawalha, Harry Redknapp and Paul Merson, Rita Simons and Chizzy Akudolu.
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 5.30) Comedians: Catherine Bohart, Rachel Parris, Ivo Graham, Elis James, Milton Jones, Stephen K Amos, David O'Doherty, Rose Matafeo.
  • The Hit List (BBC1, 6.15).
  • Stephen Mulhern's Celebrity Catchphrase (ITV, 6.30) Another chance to see Adrian Edmondson, Jason Manford, Jenny Powell.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7pm) Semi-finals week.
  • The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 7.30) Another chance to miss Ann Widdecombe.
  • The Wheel (BBC1, 8.35).

Weekend repeats


  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 11.30) From Friday.
  • Celebrity Juice (ITV2, 10pm) From Thursday.
  • Counterpoint (R4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC, 8.30am) From Thursday.
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (Radio 4, 12.04) From last Monday.
  • Mastermind Cymru (S4C, 2pm) From Wednesday.
  • Celebrity The Crystal Maze (E4, 5.35) From Thursday.
  • Taskmaster (E4, 6.35) A family viewing edition.

Des O'Connor

Sunday 13 December - Gaudete Sunday

Even the grinchiest of Grinches allows Christmas decorations from today.

  • Fferm Ffactor (S4C, 9am) From 2017.
  • Runaround (Talking Pictures, 9am) The legend of the Lone Ranger.
  • Flour Power (BBC1 Scotland, 11am) Repeat of the community baking contest, first seen in 2019.
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12 noon; not Scot).


  • Dragons' Den Pitches to Riches (BBC2, 7.10) Repeat.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7.30) The results show, and a performance from BBC house band Little Mix.
  • Christmas Bake Off (E4, 7.35) Repeated from 2018.
  • I'm a Celebrity A Castle Story (ITV, 8pm; VM1, 9pm) Ant and Dec and the 2020 cast recall the best bits of this year's series.
  • Réalta Agua Gaolta (TG4, 8.30) The most talented family in Ireland.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats (E4, 9pm) Ed Gamble, Donna and Verona, Ranj Singh, Sara Barron.
  • Taskmaster Championship of Champions (E4, 10pm) As previously seen on UKTV Dave.

Bonus feature

  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire The Millionaires (ITV, 7pm) 4: Pat Gibson, the reigning Quizmaster champion.
  • Des O'Connor The Ultimate Entertainer (ITV, 9pm) Lots of archive clips, and plenty of warm tributes.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15, 12 noon Fri; Scot 3pm Mo, Th).
  • Headhunters (BBC2, 1pm).
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 2pm).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) John Inverdale (Mo-Tu) then Levi Roots (We-Fr) as Finals Week concludes.
  • !mpossible (BBC1, 2.15; Scot 3.45 Tue, 1.45 Wed) Repeats.
  • Tenable (ITV, 3pm) Repeats.
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm).
  • Antiques Road Trip (BBC1, 4.30).
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • Come Dine with Me (C4, 5pm) Repeats.
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) Repeats, though these episodes are new to BBC1.
  • Chef vs Corner Shop (C4, 5.30) A re-tread of BBC Scotland's Corner Shop Cook-Off, without Clare Grogan, but with Chizzy Akudolu.
  • House of Games (BBC2, 6pm; not Fr) Steve Cram, Lloyd Griffith, Jeanette Kwakye, Josie Long. Double Points Friday moves to Saturday this week.
  • Love Bites (2) (ITV2, 6pm).
  • Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two (BBC2, 6.30; Fri 6pm).
  • Christmas University Challenge (BBC4, 7pm; 8pm Mon) Repeats from last year.
  • Classic Taskmaster (E4, 7.30) As previously seen on UKTV Dave.

Monday 14 December

  • Hidden Treasures (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm) Antiques quiz from 1998.
  • Counterpoint (Radio 4, 3pm) Heat 2.
  • Top Class Christmas Special (CBBC, 5.30) Repeat from last year.
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (Radio 4, 6.30) Remote recording 1: Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris, Miles Jupp, Rory Bremner, Jo Brand, Andy Hamilton.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7pm) John Singer Sargent, The Sopranos, Jane Austen's novels, Nick Drake.
  • This Territory's Strongest Man (C5, 7pm) Strongmen undertake various gruelling challenges, it says here.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 7.30) Qualifying round, match 1.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Second round, match 7.
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1, 11.45; Scot 1.05am, NI 12.15am Wed-into-Thu) Extended repeat from Friday.

Tuesday 15 December

  • Un Cwestiwn (S4C, 5.10) A classic episode.
  • Great Local Christmas Menu (BBC2, 8pm) Guest judges: Simon Rogan and Tommy Banks.
  • Bake Off (C4, 8pm) Remembering the winners from 2010-14. The Great New Year Bake Off from 2019 follows on E4 at 9.
  • Richard Osman's House of Games Night (BBC1, 8.30; Wales, Scot 10.45) Postponed from last Friday.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC1, 9pm) Finals week 1.
  • QI XS (BBC2, 9pm; Wales, 9.20) Silent Quite.
  • The Big Fat Quiz of Everything (E4, 10.20) A classic episode.

Wednesday 16 December

  • All the Way from Memphis (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Gigglequiz (Cbeebies, 5pm) A Giggle Quizmas.
  • Prosiect Z (S4C, 5pm).
  • Great Local Christmas Menu (BBC2, 8pm) Desserts and petit fours. Kerry Godliman and Beverley Knight.
  • Portrait Artist of the Year (Artsworld, 8pm) Eddie Izzard sits in the final. Followed by The Winner's Commission, of Carlos Acosta.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC1, 9pm) Finals week continues.
  • Mastermind Cymru (S4C, 9pm) Lord of the Rings, Vicar of Dibley, Charles Bradlaugh, Tour de France.
  • There's Something About Movies (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) Rafe Spall, Guz Khan, Mo Gilligan.
  • Hey Tracey! (ITV2, 10pm) Christmas special, with Baga Chipz, AJ and Curtis Pritchard, Tom Lucy, Seann Walsh, Samira Mighty.

Thursday 17 December

  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 12.15am; NI 1am) Repeat from last Friday.
  • Genius (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Snackmasters (C4, 8pm) Spotty pizza.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC1, 9pm) The grand final.
  • Taskmaster (C4, 9pm) The series final.
  • Hell's Kitchen (ITV2, 9pm) Does this series never end?
  • A League of Their Own (The Satellite Channel, 9pm) Freddie, Jamie, and Romesh are joined by celebrity guests.
  • QI XL (BBC2, 10pm; not NI) Pubs - A Christmas Special, repeated.
  • The Crystal Maze Celebrity Edition (C4, 10pm) Matt Edmondson, Debbie McGee, Kimberly Wyatt, Michael Owen, Chris Hughes (reality star).
  • Celebrity Juice (ITV2, 10pm) Christmas special with Paloma Faith, Paddy McGuinness, Ricky Wilson, Chris Kamara.

Friday 18 December

  • The Personality Test (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 1.30).
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.35; Scot 11.30) Rachel Atherton, Ollie Pope, Mark Foster, Clinton Morrison.
  • Richard Osman's House of Games Night (BBC1, 8.05) Last in the series.
  • Have I Got News for You (BBC1, 9pm; NI 12.05am) A compilation from the last decade, the 2020.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (C4, 10pm) A repeat.

Sign language interpretation

  • Brightest Family (ITV, 3am Sun) Repeats from 2018.
  • Dinner Date (ITV2, 11.25am weekdays).
  • Back to Mine (ITV, 3am Tue).
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 4.10am Tue; 3.20am Wed, 4.15am Thu).
  • Crazy Delicious (C4, 2.45am Fri).
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